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Cider Tasting Party Ideas!

Host a Cider Tasting Party!

My lovely friend, Joanna from In2YourBeauty Makeup Artistry came up with the most fun cider tasting dinner date idea!  She came over, made me over and together we put together some really pretty drinks and inspiration for your next fall gathering!

Coffee stained watercolor paper DIY invitations!  These easy invites are made out of watercolor paper, dipped in old coffee, and hand torn to size.  Add your own info with your favorite fonts or hand write with calligraphy!The light-filled dining room is all put together with fall colors starting with the creamy linen and ladder back dark wood chairs.  This delicate wreath from Gatherer Floral is my favorite purchase of the season! Gold rimmed dinner and salad plates, white and gold flatware, gold rimmed wine and cider glasses!  We took accent colors from our fall bouquet to the napkins and place setting flowers and let the cider and garnishes fill in the rest! Hard Apple Cider with Fresh Cranberries

  • 5-10 fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup sparkling apple cider
  • 1/4 cup ginger beer
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • pinch of ground cinnamon

Add cranberries to the bottom of the glass, chill with ice, add remaining drink ingredients, and serve!
How gorgeous are cranberries…

Cinnamon Apple Cider

  • Cinnamon sticks for garnish

Mix together the cider, rum, and schnapps. Pour and garnish with apples and cinnamon sticks!

Apple Cider Sangria

  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1 apple, cut
  • 1 orange, cut
  • 1 orange peeled (for garnish)
  • 1 bottle dry white wine
  • 1 cup club soda

Combine all ingredients into a large pitcher and stir. Refrigerate for an hour before serving. Serve with orange peels and garnish! Fall flowers are so fun with all their yummy colors.  Try adding apples to the mix with wooden dowels for the perfect apple themed centerpiece!Side note: Thank you, Joanna, for taking a picture of me!!  I love it <3Pretty Joanna!  Joanna did all the makeup on the both of us! <3  And we thoroughly enjoyed matching our yellow outfits 😉Get out the cute mugs and blankets!  This toasty treat is the perfect dessert cider!

Hot Caramel Apple Cider Recipe (2 servings)

  • 4 cups of apple cider
  • 2 shots caramel vodka
  • 1 tbs cinnamon
  • 1/8 cup brown sugar

Heat all ingredients (except the vodka) on medium heat until it steams, pour into mugs, add vodka shots and serve!


How to Host a Rainbow Dinner Party!

Rainbow Dinner Party Ideas!

There are many different reasons to host a rainbow party.  Maybe you are celebrating a rainbow baby, pride, or maybe you just really love rainbows!!!  Regardless of your celebration, we are sure to have some picture perfect gathering ideas for your next rainbow party!  This particular party was the finale to our summer dinner date night series, “party by color” in which we cooked and styled with a different color each week.  It was so much fun and everyone enjoyed the challenge!  See more ~party by color~ ideas on the blog here!

When I designed the table arrangement, I pondered two design challenges:  how to make a cluttered 6 color palette look modern and how to stage the colors for visual appeal.  I chose to cluster the seating arrangement on one side of the table for a linear design and chose a clean wall with minimal decor to simplify the design.

Tips:  You can buy individual linen napkins at Pier One!  Splurge on the single stem vases instead of the flowers for this minimalist tablescape approach.

 Colorful fruits were the inspiration for this watercolor design suite!  We asked our guests to bring a specific color inspired food for a very colorful pot luck style dinner spread… And finally, a rainbow naked cake for dessert!  Delish!! And so so pretty.

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